YOUNG Brits race to get behind the wheel. Britons are
buying their first set of wheels almost a decade younger than their
parents, despite the ever-increasing cost of car maintenance.
According to research out from car insurer easyMoney.com, today's
young Brits have their first set of wheels by the time they turn 20,
compared to their parents who weren't on the road until their 29th
But far from a generation of spoiled little darlings rising through
the ranks, 42% of young Brits buy their own first car, with 25%
relying on Mum and Dad to fund the purchase. And it's not
cheap, today's generation of first-time drivers are shelling
out an average of £5,350 on their first car, with 80%
of these purchases being 2nd-hand motors.
36% of young Brits say the number 1 deterrent
from buying their first car is the high running cost and no wonder
when the average spent by car owners to keep their motor on the road
is £130* a
month. Harking back to the days of Grease and The Wild One, a
new ride is considered the most important purchase for 31% of
Britain's youth with the same group sacrificing a social life just
to afford their motor.
In a bid to afford their first new car, 29% young
Britons sacrifice going out with their friends, 32% give up buying
new clothes and 25% forgo such must-haves as the iPod.
Meanwhile, 7% consider taking up a 2nd or 3rd job to afford their
first car and 5% cut back on dating.
This need for speed has a variety of sources - 22% are driven by
sex, believing a cool car renders them more attractive to the
opposite sex. This could result in disappointment though as
just 8% of the 870 women polled found boy racers attractive.
28% still believe a car directly benefits their love life and 62%
feel that a car enhances their social life. In fact, 14% consider
not having a car as a total embarrassment while 13% see using public
transport as utterly humiliating. 10% meanwhile feel inspired
by the silver screen, feeling the best film and TV characters have
easyMoney.com spokesman, Stelios said:- "I was personally
surprised that youngsters are willing to make so many sacrifices in
order to be able to afford a car. I find it ironic that although
many want a car because they feel it will improve their social life,
a significant portion are also willing to do less socializing in
order to save money for a car! Anyway, at least I am glad that I can
make a small difference in their lives by making car insurance more
How far for your car?
The luxuries young Britons are sacrificing for their first set of
1. Clothes (24%)
2. Going out with friends (32%)
3. CDs and DVDs (28%)
4. Buying alcohol (23%)
5. Booking holidays (21%)
6. Gifts for friends and family (15%)
7. Make-up (11%)
8. Books (10%)
9. Food (6%)
10. Dating (5%)
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